Sponsor Love :: Quarterly Update & Current Specials

It's time for another quarterly update on my amazing sponsors here at Shower of Roses.

I have a few new sponsors to introduce you to this quarter which include an inspiring new book for Catholic mothers, the coolest saint charms ever, and a website with darling dolls and books for children.

I decided to take this opportunity to share some pictures I've taken this past year that have not yet made it onto the blog. Don't miss all the specials and coupon codes included as well!

Please welcome my new sponsors:

See You In Heaven
The Life and Writings of Rosie Gill

"This book is more than a daughter's beautiful tribute to her mother. I believe that the Catholic Church will recognize that it is the story of a saint. A saint is a model Christian, someone who shows us how to live the Christian life by actually living that life herself, someone we can follow because she has followed Christ. Rosie Gil's story is pure and simple but abundantly profound and deeply moving. A true inspiration." - Dale Alhquist, President, American Chesterton Society

"Rosie knew that motherhood was the highest vocation for a woman, and she gave all her heart to that vocation. This story of her life is a creative and inspirational-handbook-for Christian Mothers everywhere!" - Father Angelus Shaughnessy OFM Cap.

I have actually had a copy of this sweet book sitting on my nightstand since it was sent to me from one of the Sister Servants at Casa Maria this past spring and have been meaning to share it with you all! 

Tiny Saints
Check out the coolest saint charms ever at www.shoptinysaints.com!

I first ordered a couple of these cute little saint charms to include in our older boys' Easter Baskets this year and featured them in my 100+ Easter Gift Ideas post.  My boys LOVED them!

In fact, our oldest son loved his little St. Patrick charm so much that he told me, "I know you and Dad are going to have a lot of extra expenses this summer with our camps and road trip... There is only one thing I want for my birthday this year... Could you please get me a couple more of those Tiny Saints?!?"   I just love this boy of ours!

We ended up getting him more than just one gift, but I made sure to tuck a few more Tiny Saints (St. James, St. Ignatius, and St. Maximilian Kolbe) inside the pockets of his new backpack. Here are a couple pictures he took recently (on the feasts of St. James and St. Ignatius!) of his new saints attached to his backpack zippers:


Jacob's Toy Box and Books

I'm so happy to share that Christine has recently reopened Jacob's Toy Box and Books! I first shared about these darling dolls back in 2013 and my children still love playing with Brother Hubert and Father Martin.

In addition to the website you can also follow the Facebook page for updates!

Right now you can receive FREE SHIPPING on all Child of God dolls through August 8th with coupon code: Help! 

A special thank you to all my returning sponsors!

Prayer Pillowcases
Prayer Pillowcases are more than just a pretty place to lay your head! They're a unique way to bring Catholic art and prayer into your home. And a practical way to share the Faith with your family and friends. Our distinctive line combines original art and favorite Catholic prayers that appeal to all ages and transform pillows from the ordinary to the divine! Honor a special occasion or make any occasion special with the gift of a joyful, lasting (and personalizable) Prayer Pillowcase. We're always working on new designs and hope you'll visit again soon to see even more ways to help your loved ones begin and each day with a prayerful heart.

In addition to a new prayer book with an embroidered cover, Snuggles also received a personalized Prayer Pillowcase for his First Holy Communion on July 24th. He was pretty excited! 

Catholic Child
Be sure to visit Catholic Child to find inspiring gifts for Catholic youth - from toddlers to teens!

Culture of Life Studies 
Just before school ended this past year, I started using the new Life Is Precious Culture of Life Unit Study for Elementary Students from American Life League with my younger children. The program, which will help parents and teachers instill a solid pro-life foundation in their students, uses picture books to explore age-appropraite culture of life themes such as life as a preborn child, being uniquely created by God, the need to protect the innocent, and defending firmly held beliefs in the face of adversity." Our summer has been full with camps and road trips, but we are all looking forward to continuing this program in the fall!

Visit the Culture of Life Studies website and follow the Facebook page for more information and to order your own copy of the program! 

The Monks of Norcia
BENEDICTA: Marian Chant from Norcia is the latest release from De Montfort Music!
"Inspiring, beautiful music of Chant at it's very best - from Italy by The Monks of Norcia. BENEDICTA: Marian Chant from Norcia is the title for this new recording of 33 tracks of Gregorian chant, including favorite Marian antiphons such as "Regina Caeli" and "Ave Regina Caelorum" but also previously unrecorded chant versions of responsories and a piece originally composed by the monks ( Nos Qui Christi Iugum, ) Some pieces are sung by the entire group, some by smaller ensembles of monks and others by soloists, imbuing 'BENEDICTA' with a variety of sound. Recorded on location at the monastery in Norcia, Italy, the album was produced by 11-time Grammy Award-winning producer Christopher Alder and engineered by Grammy-Award winning engineer Jonathan Stokes."

Jesse Tree Treasures
creates beautiful handcrafted gifts for the liturgical seasons including Advent, Lent and Other Seasons. Now is a great time to start making plans for Advent and Christmas!

Gail's Designs
In addition to her Etsy shop, Gail has recently launched a brand new website for her business. Please keep Gail's Designs in mind when looking for beautiful and unique Catholic gifts!

One of my beautiful rosaries created by Gail
Enjoy FREE SHIPPING during the entire month of August in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Gail's Designs!

"Behold Publications, LLC is more than just a publisher! Family owned and operated since its founding in 1999, we have developed great Catholic clubs like the Little Flowers Girls' Club and Blue Knights Catholic Boys' Clubs for Catholic girls and boys ages 5 and up. What makes these clubs unique is that they are at their core faithfully Catholic. We don't "tack on" Catholic identity as other clubs might, but begin and end with a Catholic world view. We also believe that local clubs best operate the way they see fit, so there is no national organization, policies, registration or dues. Groups can easily adjust the program to fit their local needs. Behold Publications also produce a line of historical fiction based on American history and American saints for ages 7-15."

Many of you have noticed that my Little Flowers Notebook Pages are no longer available for download here at Shower of Roses. If you have sent me an email asking about them and I haven't responded to it yet, please accept my apologies... I just haven't been able to keep up!

I recently signed a contract with Behold Publications to incorporate my supplemental notebook pages into the official Little Flowers Girls' Club ® program! Now that the pages will be used commercially, it has been necessary to remake each page (in the very little free time that I've had) with new high-resolution saint and flower images for which the publisher has reproduction rights. I'm almost done with all the pages, including pages for the new Wreath IV! The new updated pages should be available from Behold Publications soon. Thank you all for your patience!

"My name is Andrea, I am a Catholic, I love art, and I love "drawing the line" (or the thread, as the case may be) somewhere. I am a self-taught writer, artist, and embroiderer. I am interested in creating products that are unique, beautiful, enriching to the heart and soul, and made of high-quality materials. Basically, I'm trying to do the best I can with all the interests and abilities that God has so graciously given me. I love accepting commissions, so if you have an idea for a scapular please feel free to contact me. We will work together to make something special just for you!" Visit Stella Marigold Art at Etsy or find her on Facebook.

I know I've shared this picture of my scapular (handmade by Andrea) before, but it's worth sharing again and definitely still one of my favorite things! Just wait until I show you pictures of the Green Scapular and St. Therese Scapular she made for me as well. They are incredible! 

Audrey Eclectic
"A unique collection of American folk art created in the heart of the Oklahoma prairie. My inspiration comes from literary classics, spooky tales from the past, the pioneering spirit, my home town, Scandinavia and other lands far away." You can also follow Audrey Eclectic on Facebook and Instagram!

Our original Saint Clare painting from Audrey Eclectic - You can order prints of this painting here

Visit Catholic Folk Toys for beautiful hand painted wooden saint dolls and more! Custom orders are welcome!

Here are some of the saints I've hired Tammy to paint for our family over the years... I love them all! 

Regina Martyrum Productions
"Regina Martyrum Productions produces the finest works of Catholic audio theatre. With emphasis on the lives of the Saints, these products are edifying, and entertaining. Stories hold our attention, teach us morals, and can teach a moral lesson while entertaining. We all love stories. Here at Regina Martyrum Productions, we provide high-quality, fully-dramatized Catholic stories. From Old Testament scenes to New Testament saints, we provide the best, timeless stories for today’s Catholic audiences. Engaging the power of your imagination while listening, you and your children will walk through the pages of the Church's history. These are not your run of the mill "books on tape!" Every production is packed with full cast, great music, and realistic sound effects! They are great in the car at story time, or at anytime!" You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

Sacred Heart Books & Gifts offers Catholic books, gifts, homeschool curriculum at discount prices!  Keep Sacred Heart Books & Gifts in mind as you prepare for the new school year!

Linda is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $40, from today, through Wednesday, August 5th. 

Robin Nest Lane
Are you looking for a new veil? Robin creates such lovely veils for ladiesgirls, and even dolls! In addition to the website, you can also browse her veils over at Etsy.

Chiquita on Easter morning 2015, trying on her brand new veil from Robin Nest Lane and looking through one of her new Easter Books - A Nest for Celeste    (I can't believe I never had a chance to post pictures from Easter... or Christmas for that matter! As the children get older it is getting harder and harder to find time to blog! ) 

Almond Rod Toys
AlmondRod Toys makes Saint Blocks that are just the right size for little hands and can be used for imaginative play, building, stacking or collecting. The front has a print of original watercolor artwork. The back has a quote or a prayer chosen to inspire little ones and the one that cleans up behind them. The saint's name, feast day and patronage are also listed; just enough to be a reminder and an inspiration for further learning. Visit Almond Roy Toys at Etsy and follow the Facebook page!

One of Bud's Blessing Blocks also made a great toy camera on one of our recent family road trips!

Have you seen the darling doll clothes from The Little Habit yet? My girls received some of the habits last Christmas and Easter. So much fun!

Christmas Morning 2014 - Transforming her American Girl Doll into St. Therese! 

There is also still time to enter the giveaways sponsored by Aurelius Cabrini and Gail's Designs.

And if you are looking for books for August you can find our August Book Basket here

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If you are interested in advertising at Shower of Roses for the fall (August/September/October) or winter (November/December/January) quarters, I still have a few spots left! You can click here for current availability and to request more information.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of my sponsors and visitors for your support! May God bless you all! 

Gail's Designs {Sponsored Giveaway}

As we work on settling back in and catching up after being away from home for most of the month, I have a couple giveaways for all of my visitors here at Shower of Roses!  Yesterday I posted a giveaway for a couple prize packages from Aurelius Cabrini and today's giveaway is sponsored by Gail's Designs. 

In addition to Gail's Etsy shop and Facebook page, Gail has recently created a brand new website for her business. You can visit it here!

Gail is offering to give away the lovely lavender Rosary Bracelet, made with 8mm Swarovski crystals, pictured below! The giveaway will be open through August 3rd, and the winner will be chosen, contacted by email, and announced here in this post on August 4th.

Lavender 8mm Swarovski crystal rosary bracelet with miraculous medal. 
Hand wired for many hours of wear. {Retail Value - $50.00}

Be sure to visit Gail's Designs website and Etsy shop.
Every item is handmade and ready to ship. Custom orders are welcome.

Enjoy FREE SHIPPING on all items during the entire month of August in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Gail's Designs!

Please enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter Box below:

Aurelius Cabrini {Sponsored Giveaway}

Prize #1 - Vintage Handkerchief Bonnet, four Holy Sisters Vocation Dolls, and a Calla Lily Boutonniere

As we work on settling back in and catching up after being away from home for most of the month, I have a couple giveaways for all of my visitors here at Shower of Roses! 

The first giveaway is sponsored by Aurelius Cabrini, an Etsy shop created by my sweet friend Jennifer over at Veils and Vocations, which specializes in baby boutonnieres, handkerchief bonnets, and "Holy Sisters" peg dolls!

Holy Sisters Vocation Dolls 
Nurture vocations and delight your little ones with Holy Sisters dolls. Each one is handcrafted with love and includes the name of the order on her "leg." The pictures above are suggestions, any order is available. Please tell me which order you would like or just say, "Surprise me!" Either way, all dolls are custom made and built for gentle play. Buy four dolls, get one free! 

Vintage Handkerchief Bonnets
Beautiful bonnets made from clean (primarily unused) vintage handkerchief. Each one is a treasured keepsake. Perfect for baby to wear for any occasion or as a headcovering for Mass. Makes a perfect baby gift! Each one is hand stitched to preserve details and ensure quality. Most bonnets fit babies from 3 to about 9 months.

Baby Boutonnières
These tiny treasures will make any special occasion even more special. Designed for babies to wear under adult supervision, these will quickly become family heirlooms. All corsages/boutonierres have wrapped stems and feature durable pin backs with safety latch. White stems are hand wrapped in white satin ribbon. Green stems are hand wrapped in green floral tape. Custom orders welcome.
These are perfect for baptisms and First Communions. 

Prize #2 - Four Holy Sisters Vocation Dolls, a Vintage Handkerchief Bonnet, and White Rose Baby Corsage

10% of every purchase is donated to Show HOPE a charity serving the world's orphans.

Save $5 off a $30 purchase with coupon code VEILSANDVOCATIONS

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of the two prize packages using the Rafflecopter box below: 

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On the Feast of St. Christopher

"There's another river!"

Our family is home again after 25 days on the road, traveling over 3,500 miles (Sean drove the RV and I drove the mini-van) through five states! We explored a couple National Parks, spent time with dear friends and extended family, made many new friends, attended Catholic summer camps (the four oldest), celebrated our oldest son's 15th birthday, and ended our trip with a First Confession and First Holy Communion yesterday, followed by a Second Holy Communion at 6:30 Mass this morning before beginning the long drive home. I have so many pictures I'm hoping to share after we unpack and get some sleep... Happy feast of St. Christopher, patron of travelers! 

"Grant me O Lord a steady hand and watchful eye.
That no one shall be hurt as I pass by.
Thou gavest life, I pray no act of mine may take away 
or mar that gift of Thine.
Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear me company,
From the evils of fire and all calamity.
Teach me to use my car for others' need;
Nor miss through love of undue speed
the beauty of the world; that thus I may
with joy and courtesy go on my way.
St. Christopher, holy patron of travellers, 
protect me and lead me safely to my destiny."
- St. Christopher’s Prayer for Motorists

First Communion Day

Prayers after his First Confession

"Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, be my Salvation."
with Bread of Life Cake Topper
Great Uncle Tom, lots of new friends, and "Uncle Father!" 

After First Communion: Thanksgiving 

The Body of our Lord, Jesus Christ, preserve my soul unto life everlasting! I possess Him Who gives eternal life. With firm and confident Faith, I believe, O Jesus, that Thou hast words of eternal life. Thy Flesh is meat indeed. I have received Thy sacred Body. Thou art truly present in my soul, my Lord and my God; Thou art most intimately united with me. Oh, how can I sufficiently adore Thee! Thou art my Lord and my God - I, Thy unworthy creature; Thou, my Father and Savior, hast taken pity on me: Thou lovest me, it is Thy delight to be with me. How can I, my Jesus, thank Thee for this grace! Magnify the Lord, my soul, for He hath done wonderful things to thee! Sweet, merciful Jesus, vouchsafe to look kindly upon my poor and pitiful gratitude.

I thank Thee, O Jesus!

End-of-School Interviews for 2014-2015

A number of years ago I was inspired by Sarah (who we finally got to meet in person this past week!)  to start creating these End-of-School Interviews for each of my children and we've been making them every year since. Here are this year's interviews:

Captain's Favorite Books: Scorpion Mountain, Band of Brothers and Door to the North
(all three from his Christmas stack of books!)

Ranger's Favorite Books: Fr. Finn's "Famous Three" (Tom Playfair, Harry Dee, Percy Winn - also available directly from TAN), St. Thomas More of London, and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

(We also just finished listening to this audio book again. So good!) 

{I can't seem to find the interviews I created for my two preschoolers... I'm still in the process of transferring everything over to the new computer. Hopefully I'll run across them, otherwise I'll have to recreate them sometime and then update this post.}

Past End-of School Interviews:
2011-2012  •  2012-2013  •  2013-2014

Our 2014-2015 Field Trips:
Seattle (girls)
Fiddler on the Roof Production (older children)
Sledding (family)
Charlotte's Web Production (younger children)
Lava River Cave (family)
Bandon-by-the-Sea (family - pictures coming soon..)

You can find our 2014-2015 Curriculum Plans and Checklists here

Our summer is flying by so quickly... and I still need to finalize our plans for the upcoming school year. How are your plans coming along? 

{pretty, happy, funny, real} :: Amongst Lovely Things

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life with Like Mother, Like Daughter. ~


Finishing up The Penderwicks in Spring (borrowed from her little sister who received it for her birthday) on the grass at the park while waiting to meet friends for the first time in person! 


It made us so happy to finally spend some time with Sarah and her lovely family!


While sat on the beach and chatted, the little ones had a blast filling a box with rocks...

... while the older children swam and designed dresses out of beach towels! 


Rose and Posy also became good friends real fast.

They were so cute to watch as they played in the water and shared their snacks.

You can also find this year's End-of-School Interviews (originally inspired by Sarah!) here.